Damaged hair is a concern for lots of women. There are many reasons that hair can become damaged – over processing, over colouring, abrasive shampoos and conditioners and the environment we live in. However, the biggest concern for most of us concerns split ends. Jess, our Hairdressing Manager at Hepburns, is here to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
What is a split end?
Split ends are when a strand of hair splits in half due to weather (too hot or cold), over processing of a colour on the hair or heat damage from straightening and curling.
How can I fix my split ends?
The only way to fix a split end is to cut them to prevent them from splitting further up the hair shaft. You can prevent having more split ends by using Keratin shampoos as the hair will split when keratin is lost from the hair strands. Replacing the keratin helps to reduce splitting and adds lost moisture.
How did I get my split ends?
Everyone has split ends. It can be for a host of reasons. We can be damaging our hair without even realising. The way we sleep can have a big impact on our hair because if we turn a lot of in our sleep we create friction against our pillows. Hair damage is when we lose essential proteins in our hair and therefore damage the scales on your cuticle – so instead of lying flat they stick upwards.
We advocate avoiding elastic hair ties as these will pull on loose ends and cause more breakage. Instead, opt for fabric hair ties without the metal band. Colours, perms and chemical straightening treatments play a big part of damaging our hair and so it is best to allow hair time to have a break between treatments.
Can I prevent split ends?
By applying a regular hair treatment, you are strengthening the hair. Aim to use a treatment every time you wash your hair and try not to wash your hair daily. The treatments do not have to be expensive as anything is better than nothing. Try to leave them on for a few minutes at a time to fully penetrate the hair shaft – or if you’re not doing anything all day, leave it on for a few hours for optimal conditioning. Always comb the hair whilst the conditioner or treatment is still on the hair as this will prevent tugging at damaged cuticles when the hair is dry.
If you do need to brush your hair, I recommend using a brush with soft bristles. Try to avoid using heat appliances or you will inevitably cause more damage. Try tying your hair up and experimenting with different styles to avoid needing to straighten or blow drying your hair daily.
Regular trims are incredibly important, and we recommend every 6-8 weeks for the most benefit. This will take off any dead ends and let the hair grow down much flatter. When hair is dead, it weighs down the hair and slows down the growing process.
There are tablets you can buy from health stores ad online which can straighten the hair as they contain essential ingredients like keratin. One extremely well-known brand is Biotin. I have personally taken this for the last three months and it has made my hair grow much faster and it feels a lot stronger.
Why won’t my hair grow if I have split ends?
When hair starts splitting, it will continue up the entire strand of hair until nothing is left. This will leave your hair looking spiky at the root which is why it’s so important to get them cut. Hair will not grow well or healthily if you have split ends.
Hepburns recommend having regular hair treatments. This should not be considered a treat, this is essential to getting the hair you desire. We retail Miracle 20 and Moroccan Oil to keep your hair in tip top condition.